6 Poets at the Fruitmarket Gallery – 7pm, Wed 17 August 2016 – Tessa Berring


Join Tessa Berring, Clare Best, Isobel Dixon, Alan Gillis, Eliza Kentridge, and Rob A. Mackenzie at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, on Wednesday 17 August, 7pm for a prompt 7:30 reading start, to finish at 9:30 – 3 poets in each half, with a short interval for wine and book buying. The evening is free, but donations are welcome. Sign up on Eventbrite or Facebook.

The Fruitmarket Gallery is right by Waverley Station: 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF - View Map

The poets will read new work and from recent collections, and the night will include some original poems from the poets inspired by the work of Damián Ortega in the gallery’s current exhibition. Damián Ortega is one of the most prominent artists of the new Mexican generation and for The Fruitmarket Gallery’s summer exhibition, Ortega has made new sculptures, mostly from clay, focusing on how the forces of nature – wind, water, earth and fire – act on the earth both independently of and in relationship to humans.

Here’s an introduction to another of our six poets:

About Tessa:

Tessa Berring studied Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen and Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her work, both written and visual, stems from an interest in the quality of fragments, extracts, and displaced objects, especially in relation to memory and sense perception. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals/anthologies, and her poetry sequence 'Paper, Dust, and Donkeys' is included this year in a publication with fellow Edinburgh poets Marjorie Lofti Gil and Jane Bonnyman. She regularly works in collaboration, most recently with writer and artist Kathrine Sowerby on the performance and artist's book Tables and Other Animals, A Poem in Four Acts.

Poem from the sequence ‘Paper, Dust, and Donkeys’


Let's get back to the donkeys,
the used bus tickets,
little scarves,
things like that.

Or this, I found it:

Ted and rose are in the---
Ted is---
Rose fetches a---and a---
Rose is---Ted is---

Little scarves!
I don't want to think about little scarves!
I want rough kisses,
I want dust under my feet,
I want to be triangular!


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And come and hear more at the Fruitmarket Gallery!